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Randall S. Newton is Managing Editor of GraphicSpeak. He has been writing about engineering and design technologies for more than 25 years.

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New Wohlers Report says 3D printing industry grew by 17% in 2016

New Wohlers Report says 3D printing industry grew by 17% in 2016

More than 90 manufacturers produced and sold industrial additive manufacturing systems in 2016. Metal 3D printing is almost 50% of the service market. The newest edition of the Wohlers Report on the state of the 3D printing industry shows worldwide revenue growth of 17.4% in 2016, to $6.063 billion. This is a drop from 25.9% […]

By April 4, 2017 Read More →
ITI and Anark form strategic partnership for 3D PDF in manufacturing

ITI and Anark form strategic partnership for 3D PDF in manufacturing

Adding independent validation of model-to-PDF conversions will improve the ability to extend engineering data in the organization. Industrial 3D visualization specialists International TechneGroup Incorporated (ITI) and Anark Corporation have formed a strategic partnership to serve manufacturers’ technical document publishing and validation needs. Manufacturers, especially those transitioning to Model Based Enterprise (MBE) processes, want the ability […]

By March 30, 2017 Read More →
Lenovo adds virtual reality certification to budget workstation

Lenovo adds virtual reality certification to budget workstation

ThinkStation P320 seeks to strike a balance between performance and price. Lenovo today launches what it says is a budget-savvy, virtual reality-ready workstation, the ThinkStation P320. The refreshed workstation will be available in both full-size tower and small form factor (SFF). Options include the latest generation of both Intel Xeon processors and Intel Core i7 […]

By March 28, 2017 Read More →
X-Rite Pantone introduces Virtual Light Booth

X-Rite Pantone introduces Virtual Light Booth

Designers can create digital renderings of real-world objects with precise capture of lighting and color. X-Rite Pantone recently introduced its new Virtual Light Booth (VLB), designed to simulate and compare the appearance of physical and virtual materials. As part of the company’s Total Appearance Capture (TAC) suite, the VLB allows for the precise capturing of […]

By March 22, 2017 Read More →
Artlantis gains network rendering

Artlantis gains network rendering

Improvements to the Twinmotion feature aid rendering of environmental elements. An update to 3D architectural rendering software Artlantis from Abvent Software introduces a new Render Manager and updates to its Twinmotion tool for modeling flow effects and other environmental features in a rendering. The new Render Manager in Artlantis 6.5 allows rendering jobs to be […]

By March 20, 2017 Read More →
Substance Designer 6 expands the digital materials palette

Substance Designer 6 expands the digital materials palette

Quickly becoming an industry standard, the new version offers improved texturing tools and a dynamic text mode. Already a staple in many design toolkits from movie special effects artists to game developers, the latest iteration of Allegorithmic’s Substance Designer sees a plethora of new features added to the software. As with previous versions, the software […]

By March 17, 2017 Read More →
Boxx introduces new compact CAD workstation

Boxx introduces new compact CAD workstation

The new Apexx 1 1402 packs the latest i7 processing power into a surprisingly bite-sized package. Boxx Technologies recently introduced a new small workstation, the Apexx 1 1402. The company claims it is the world’s smallest workstation to feature an overclocked Intel Core i7 “Kaby Lake” processor. The Kaby Lake processor is Intel’s 7th generation […]

By March 16, 2017 Read More →
V-Ray updates Nuke plug-in

V-Ray updates Nuke plug-in

Chaos Group adds a new set of tools to aid artists in the creation of realistic volumetric effects. Chaos Group recently announced V-Ray 3.5 for Nuke, an update to its raytracing renderer used to create simulations directly in Nuke video editing software suite. Used in many recent major motion picture projects including Spectre and The […]

By March 15, 2017 Read More →
Intel places $15 billion bet on computer vision

Intel places $15 billion bet on computer vision

Jerusalem-based Mobileye has emerged as a leader in computer vision for transportation; now it will be part of Intel. Intel and computer vision specialist Mobileye today announced Intel will acquire Mobileye in an all-cash offer for approximately $15.3 billion. An Intel subsidiary will make an offer for all outstanding ordinary shares of Mobileye stock for […]

By March 13, 2017 Read More →
Improov extends virtual reality CAD collaboration

Improov extends virtual reality CAD collaboration

Viewing 3D CAD models in VR can reduce prototyping and testing costs as well as encourage team review participation. MiddleVR recently updated its virtual reality (VR) collaboration software with the release of Improov 3.2. The offering allows for the online collaboration and review of 3D CAD models, with the promise of reducing prototyping and testing […]

By March 9, 2017 Read More →